Saturday, December 8, 2012

2nd Batxillerat - HAVE WE GOT AN AFRICAN MIND?



This clip from BOFADACARA illustrates wonderfully the poem My african mind.
This time you are going to be a "passage person": Choose one passage from the poem below and (a) describe the way it is illustrated in the clip and say why you chose it.
Then, tell me, what do you think: have we got an African mind?

MY AFRICAN MIND

That is how we became they
They became those
Those became it
That is how a race was born
A race begun
Healthy black monster
Five finger, with thumb
Useful animal, so minimal
That is how the unknown became hostage
Simplicity became hostile
Healthy black monster, a different kind monkey
That is how culture became ritual
People became tribe… primitive
Language, no
Writing, no
How ignorance did become history
Well… so you I It thought so, well told story
Healthy black monster.

Friday, December 7, 2012

2nd BATXILLERAT - ARE YOU BILINGUAL?

From News.D

Read this article about bilingualism written by Jessica Marshall. Then you can drop a comment considering the following questions:

Can the things the author says apply to our country?
Are you an example of any of the cases discussed in the article?
Are you bilingual or monolingual? Do you feel you have an advantage over the counterpart?

Remember that you don't have to answer the questions one by one. In fact, they are a guideline for your comment.

Friday, November 23, 2012

THE PAPER CHALLENGE



Are you able to make your own HEXAFLEXAGON? Follow the instructions and show it to me. I found this article at the Discovery Channel Website.

Visit this other website if you want more details.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

3rd ESO - Voices-3 Computer Assisted Task: Unit 1

Go to the Voices web site, introduce your password and do these exercises:

VOCABULARY:
Achievements

Personal qualities


GRAMMAR:
Present simple and present continuous 1 
Present simple and present continuous 2
Time expressions and adverbs of frequency 1
Time expressions and adverbs of frequency 2
Be: past simple
There was / were


I will check your work on Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2012.

Monday, October 1, 2012

2nd BATXILLERAT - In Spain, Austerity and Hunger

Picture from The New York Times


Have a look at this image collection published by The New York Times. The pictures are really powerful but tell me if you think that they reflect the reality of your country.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2nd BATXILLERAT - Choose a sandwich

Photo from Ladymadriz
If you ever go to Madrid, don't ever miss a delicious Bocata de Calamares. But, what if you go to the USA? Have a look at the Lonely Planet website and read the article A field guide to 20 great regional sandwiches of the USA and post a comment.
Choose one and say why you think it's the best one, maybe you like the ingredients, or maybe you are interested in the region where the sandwhich can be found. Then say which one you would never give a chance.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The MIDWAY Film Project

Now that the school year is over, perhaps you will have a while for reflexion. If so, have a look at this film by Chris Jordan. It's simply breathtaking.


MIDWAY : trailer : a film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

You can also join the MIDWAY FILM PROJECT.

Friday, March 23, 2012

3rd ESO - Three wishes

Tell me, if you had three wishes, what would they be? Watch this video I got from the BBC Youtube channel to get some examples.



Your comment must start like this: If I had three wishes, I would VERB...

EXAMPLE: If I had three wishes, I would have an Aston Martin, ...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

2nd BATXILLERAT - The Devil's Dictionary

Sorry, I don't know who took this picture.
Ambrose Bierce was a North American journalist and author of the Devil's Dictionary, a book where he collected his critical, ferocious and etherodox definitions. Let's see a few examples:

History, n. History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

Responsibility, n. A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbour. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.

Revenge, n. Sending your girl's love letters to your rival after ha has married her.

Wedding, n. A ceremony at which two persons undertake to become one, one undertakes to become nothing, and nothing undertakes to become supportable.


Now, the usual exercise: say which definition you like most and why you like it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

2nd BATXILLERAT - The Box / Poltergeist

Wow! Believe me, when I watched this video I couldn't stop saying wow. I'm sure you have three little minutes to watch it and then two more minutes to answer a couple of questions. So just tell me, did you like it? What was best? What was worst?


TheBox - Poltergeist from dadomani on Vimeo.



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Make Kony Famous

If you have 29:59 free minutes, use them to watch this video. If you have more free time you can even get involved.


KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

2nd BATXILLERAT - Merchant of Venice (ii)

Shylock, a Jew who has suffered endless discrimination at the hands of his enemy, Antonio, asks why he should not be allowed to exact his revenge now that he has been given the chance.

SHYLOCK:

He hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million, laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

STUDENTS, TEACHERS, EVERYONE - Mistakes are the beginning of discovery

From http://thingsihavelearnedinmylife.com/
One year ago, the people at The Science of Learning Blog published an article about taking advantage of mistakes. Far from being a problem, since humans (at least most of us) learn from our mistakes, class errors should be seen as something advantageous by everyone. Here's an excerpt of the article:


For a moment, suspend your image of the classroom where statements like “I must always get the right answer” represent the mindset. Instead, imagine a classroom designed around statements such as:
  • “While I will learn by studying and listening, I will learn the most by doing.”
  • “I will demonstrate my abilities through successes, but I will learn through my mistakes.”
  • “Mistakes are a way for me to get feedback so I can do it right the next time.”
  • “This classroom is a safe place where I am encouraged to try, to experiment, to fail and to use those failures to learn even more.”
Click here if you want to read the whole text.

Monday, January 9, 2012

TEACHERS - Blended Learning.

Image taken from Speak-First.com.
Here's a very interesing article on blended learning published at The Science of Learning Blog. Even if you don't know what blended it is, you will realise that most activities you carry out in class are nice examples of blended learning.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2nd BATXILLERAT - Mr Bean takes an Exam

Are exams around the corner or just around the bend? Lighten the mood with Mr Bean takes an exam.



Here's a number of things you can write about:

What does he say he's studied? Why doesn't he know the answer? What is the difference between the green sheet and the white one?
Have you ever been or do you know anyone who's been in a similar situation?
What would you have done in his place?
Which is the funniest moment in the episode?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

3rd ESO - To Understand Is to Perceive Patterns

Watch this nice video by Jason Silva.


TO UNDERSTAND IS TO PERCEIVE PATTERNS from jason silva on Vimeo.


Finished? Now, post a sentence following the pattern:

MIN:SEC - There is a/an ADJ NOUN.

Example:
1:18 - There is a big roundabout.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2nd BATXILLERAT - The 7 Wonders of Winter

The frozen waters of Lago di Resia.
Visit the Lonely Planet website and have a look at their winter proposal. Read the 7 wonders of winter (don't just look at the pictures) and say which you would visit if you had the chance.
Give at least three reasons for your choice.